DEFENDER OF THE FAITH tells the story of a man who has dedicated his life to preserving the Church but instead led it into its greatest crisis: Joseph Ratzinger, the German Pope Benedict XVI. The documentary analyses the ideological, cultural and organizational failings of an institution that claims to proclaim the absolute truth as it struggles to come to terms with modern democratic society that has accepted diversity and pluralism as fundamental rights.
Festivals: DOK.fest München // Filmfestival Cologne
Theatrical Release: 31.10.2019
Director CHRISTOPH RÖHL // Editor MARTIN REIMERS // DoP JUAN SARMIENTO G.,
JULIA WEINGARTEN // Music ALI N. ASKIN // Narrator ULRICH TUKUR // Sound Mix TORBEN SEEMANN
Dramaturgy ANNE FABINI // Creative Producer KATHARINA BERGFELD, NADJA SMITH // Producer MARTIN HEISLER Production FLARE FILM in Co-Production with 3Sat,RBB,EIE
Artiom is 18 years old and has just one wish: to go to war and fight for his homeland, Ukraine. Everything else comes second. He dresses in camouflage, watches war videos online, and in his free time practices battle scenes with his friends. Or at least they think they are battle scenes. As a child, he only sees the surface of the war. And he has the bad luck that the fighting rages so tantalizingly close. This observational documentary studies the cult of war in a post-Soviet setting where those who succumb to the allure of battle are the least suitable and least predisposed to fighting – a fact perfectly illustrated by Artiom’s final struggle with the reality of war.
Festivals and Awards: Special Mention & Student Jury Award, Jihalava International Documentary Festival
VFF Documentary Production Award – DOK.fest München // Beldocs International Documentary Festival 2019
Finale Plzen Film Festival 2019
Director CYPRIEN CLÉMENT-DELMAS, IGOR KOSENKO // Editor MARTIN REIMERS, OSCAR LOESER // Producer FABIAN DRIEHORST // Co-Producer VERONIKA KÜHROVÁ, MICHAL KRÁČMER // Cinematographer IVAN CASTIÑEIRAS Sound Design SANDRA KLOUZOVÁ // Sound Engineer ANDRII NIDZELSKYI // Music MATOUŠ HEJL // Production FABIAN & FRED in Co-Production with ANALOG VISION (Czech Republic) // Funding FFA, BKM, JIHLAVA FILM FUND
At the age of 12, Janny, Lisa, Debby and Michelle leave their home for a sports school in the East German province to become wrestlers. A documentary about coming-of-age between boarding school corridors, wrestling gyms and boyband posters.
Festivals and Awards (Selection) International Hof Film Festival (Germany) 2016, GRANIT Best Documentary / International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (Netherlands) 2017 / BAFICI Buenes Aires (Argentina) 2017 / SXSW Festival Austin, TX (USA) 2017 / Neisse Film Festival (Czech Republic, Germany, Poland) 2017 / Achtung Berlin - new berlin film award (Germany) Best Documentary, Best Cinematography 2017 / DOK.fest München (Germany) 2017 / ZLIN International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Czech Republic) 2017 / Deutsches Kinder-Medien-Festival GOLDENER SPATZ (Germany) 2017
Director ANNA KOCH // Script ANNA KOCH & JULIA LEMKE // DoP JULIA LEMKE // Montage MARTIN REIMERS & HENRIKE DOSK // Production ANNA WENDT & FABIAN WINKELMANN // Producer JOLANKA HÖHN & ROMANA JANIK // Commissioning Editor ROLF BERGMANN // Sound Design JANA IRMERT // Mixdown JAN PASEMANN // Sound ALEXANDRA PRAET // Score KURT KOCH & JANA IRMERT // Titlesong interpreted by LUISE MAKAROV